UN chief calls for Syria case to be probed by ICC - media

09:00, 11 October 2016
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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday again asked the Security Council to formally request that the International Criminal Court (ICC) begin investigations of war crimes in Syria, The Daily Mail reported citing AFP.


Such a request was blocked in 2014 by Russia and China, which have veto powers, but Ban said the council should try again, according to The Daily Mail.

"I ask and urge the Security Council to bring this matter to the ICC. I am urging them again," Ban told reporters.

Describing the situation in Aleppo as "heartbreaking," Ban said he was disappointed that the council failed to take action during a meeting on Saturday when two resolutions were defeated.

Read alsoFrance to call for war crimes probe against Russia over SyriaRussia vetoed a French-drafted text demanding an end to the aerial bombardment of Aleppo and to military flights over the city while a second measure drafted by Moscow urging a ceasefire was defeated.

"There is no such time to debate and disagree," Ban said, adding that it was "evidently clear" that the council must "work to protect human lives."

Read alsoRussian, Syrian strikes in Syria demand war crimes probe - KerryThe 15-member council has the authority to refer a country to the Hague-based ICC for war crimes investigations as it has done for Libya and Sudan's troubled Darfur region.

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